Designing airports for the ever-changing future

Ever wondered what goes into the building of an airport? The years of planning, years of building and continued development and updating.

The Blue Swan Daily recently caught up with Forster + Partners’ Antoinette Nassopoulos-Erickson to discuss exactly this. Foster + Partners is a global studio for architecture, urbanism and design which has delivered key aviation projects around the world, including airports in Beijing, Hong Kong and Mexico City.

During our discussion, Mrs Nassopoulos-Erickson explored exactly what Forster + Partners have learnt from developing airports: “The process of developing, designing and delivering an airport can take several years, which is impacted by the speed of change of technology. Therefore, how do you integrate technology that’s right at the right moment? The architecture that we try and develop has to be as flexible as possible, to allow people to make those decisions at the right moment for them, the airlines, the operators and the airport authorities.”

Future-proofing airports

Mrs Nassopoulos-Erickson continued, “Using Mexico City as an example, one of the key activities we implemented was to build a column free space within the main concourse for check-in, security, retail areas and gate area. With some 150 to 170 metres between columns, the space becomes almost column free, meaning that at a point in time when somebody might change the nature of security or check-in, you can adapt the space without issue. Recently, we have seen examples of this with the check-in process moving to self-service check-in and mobile technology.”

To hear more from Mrs Nassopoulos-Erickson, watch our interview below:

Or watch the keynote discussion at the 2017 CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation and Corporate Travel Summit in Aug-2017: